Dioceses of India
Total: 1
Port Blair

Diocese of Port Blair

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Rite: Latin
Region : Bijhan
Patron: Stella Maris
Founded: 22 June 1984
Province: Ranchi
Status: Diocese
Total area: 8,293 sq. kms.
Total Population : 356,152
Catholics Total: 33,695
Diocesan Priests: 23
Religious Priests: 20
Religious Sisters: 95
Minor Seminarians: 05
Major Seminarians: 05

Diocese of Port Blair at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 77Retreat Centres: 01
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 01
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 0
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 20

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 01Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 10
Orphanages : 01Homes for Aged & Destitute : 01
Schools for Physically Challenged: 0Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 08
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 05HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 0
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 01
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 02High Schools : 02
Upper Primary Schools: 01Lower Primary Schools:05
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :07Presses & Media Centres : 0


Andaman and Nicobar is an Union Territory. It comprises of about 350 islands situated in the Bay of Bengal. Port Blair, a former British Penal settlement, named after Captain Blair of the East India Company, is the Capital of the Union Territory. It is connected both by air and sea to the mainland (Chennai and Kolkatta) a distance of 1300 kms.
The population is a cosmopolitan group of Bengalis, Punjabis, Tamilians, Malayalis, Orissa, Chatishgarh, Jharkhand and a sprinkling from almost all the other states of India.

The Andaman and Nicobar Mission was taken care of by the Archdiocese of Rangoon - Burma. After the independence in 1947, the Holy See handed over the whole area of Andaman and Nicobar to the Archbishop of Ranchi. In 1965 at the request of the Archbishop of Ranchi the Andamans and Nicobar was handed over by the Holy See to the Pilar Fathers Pilar, Goa. On June 22, 1984, His Holiness Pope John Paul II elevated it into a diocese and appointed Most Rev Alex Dias, sfx, once a priest here, its first Bishop.

Former Bishops

Right Rev. Aleixo das Neves Dias, SFX
Bishop Emeritus of Port Blair
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:21-Dec-1969
Episcopal Ordination:20-Jan-1985

Tel(P): 09434284667,0832-2218549, 2217199 (St. Joseph Home)
Email(P): aldasneves@gmail.com
Contact Details
Pilar Monastry, P.O. Pilar, Tiswadi, North Goa, Goa - 4030203
Tel(O): 03192-23 29 79
Fax : 23 04 64
Email : portblaircathdiocese@gmail.com